Japanese ingredients for your healthy life

Japanese mustard products

It all begins

So maybe youfve heard through a friend or read online about Japanese mustard and youfre keen to give it a try. Good call I say, so the next question you probably ask is whatfs the best brand and which one is right for me? A good question, and this is what we will delve into here. What can you buy and what brands should you choose.


Just to brush up our knowledge on Japanese mustard, letfs just start it off with a little summary on what Japanese mustard is. Karashi is the Japanese equivalent of American mustard, it looks a very similar yellowish colour but tastes slightly different. It is extremely versatile and can be used as a spread on sandwiches through to a dipping sauce for deep fried tonkatsu. It is made from dried brown mustard seeds and has quite a distinctive vinegary taste that is quite pungent. Given its versatility in use and delightful flavor, it is viewed in Japan as a gmust haveh item and for this reason youfd be hard pressed to find a home without it!


Where do we buy Japanese mustard from? There are a few ways of buying it actually! Where to buy it all comes down to where you live. If youfre in Japan then it is obviously a no brainer to just wander on down to any supermarket, choose your favorite brand and pick some up, itfs as common as rice, everyone has it and everyone who sells food, has it on their shelves. If youfre in an urban centre then Ifm quite certain that youfll find a good range of Japanese food products (and all the key brands), especially karashi at your local Asian supermarket, if youfre lucky enough, youfll have a Japanese supermarket in your city, and in that case, youfll be able to buy hundreds of different types of Japanese foods of course. Many big multicultural citiesf gstandardh supermarkets have a little Japanese corner where they sell the most popular Japanese foods such as nori sheets, Japanese rice, wasabi, Japanese confectionary, Japanese soy sauce and almost certainly Japanese mustard (karashi) (with all the big brands of course). The last option, which really applies to everyone, including those people who donft live in large urban centres and that is of course going online and buying some through online shops like amazon. They offer all the big brands, theyfre well priced and will usually deliver to your door wherever you are! How sweet it is!


Karashi is usually sold in two forms, powdered and paste form. Both have their pros and cons. The paste form which is very, very popular as you donft have to prepare anything, all you have to do is squeeze it out of the tube that it comes from (it similar to a small toothpaste tube) and there it is. The powdered form is more for the karashi elitist who really knows their game. You see, with the powdered form, you put a little powder on a dish and mix a few drops of water in to make a paste. You can put in as little or as much water as you like which will define just how spicy and thick it becomes. Itfs also pretty easy, but just requires a little more effort and does mean you might accidently make it too weak or too strong. Karashi powder is made from crushed brassica juncea seeds and horseradish so it is slightly fresher than the tubed form of karashi just because you can mix it and create a flavour sensation just before you use. It all comes down to personal taste, therefs no right or wrong one to buy when it comes to powdered or paste.

A two horse race

There are many popular brands of powdered Japanese mustard Karashi, but at the end of the day it really just comes down to two main companies battling it out and these are the ones youfre most likely to find on your travels shops that may stock karashi. The good thing about this is that you donft really have to think too hard about which one to buy as it really narrows down the choice. The only real choice youfll have to make is whether you want the powdered or paste form. The two main brands are S&B and House. Both companies are household names in Japan for food items and they offer hundreds and hundreds of products in the Japanese market so these really are names you can trust. The actual brands you are likely to find are: S&B wafu neri karashi, S&B karashi powder and House wa karashi, these will all be sold in either powdered or paste form.


When you try to purchase Japanese mustard, you will probably get confused about which brand to go with: S&B or House? Their packages are almost the same!! The big difference between these two are that S&Bfs package picture is Tonkatsu which is deep fried pork cutlet and Housefs package picture is Shumai (a steamed Chinese pork dumpling wrapped in a thin flour). But apart from that, you may recognize that some kanji (Japanese characters) are different and that is it. Quite often, the house brand is sold cheaper than the S&B brand in Japan. So people often buy House karachi because it is usually slightly cheaper, in reality, both are excellent products and offer a delicious tasting product, itfs not that easy to tell them apart for the newly acquainted so Ifd recommend just going with the cheapest at the time. For sure, they both compliment mild and strongly flavoured Japanese dishes so take your pick!


So there we have it, you canft really go wrong, whether you buy powdered or paste, S&B or House brand, youfll end up with a divinely tasting karashi product that is bound to brighten your day. If you really havenft tried this before, please give it a go, head down to you nearby karashi selling outlet, pick some up and jump aboard the karashi train, the next stop is happy town!